In the airports of China, the US, India, Europe and pretty much
everywhere else one thing is common: you have to be very alert to avoid
the masses of people walking around while staring, transfixed, into
their mobile devices.
The roads of the world are filled with drivers yakking on their phones
and texting/emailing friends and associates. Not a few even update
Facebook pages while behind the wheel. According to "The Problem With Hands-Free Dashboard Cellphones" (Communications of the ACM, April 2013)
, GM is modifying OnStar to allow drivers to do hands-free Facebook
updates at highway speeds. One wonders what makes a social media update
more important than road safety.
A helicopter accident that killed four people in 2011 may be, in part, attributable to the pilot's texting.
And 25 people were killed in 2008 when a railroad engineer felt his text
messages were more important than safety, and he missed a red signal.
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